If like us, once you’ve experienced the beautiful hidden world of our show cave, you want the adventure to continue...
Escape beneath the forest. Discover where the next turn takes you, emerge in a world seen by few eyes. Dare to go deeper!



Follow your curiosity further and take an adventure behind the barriers, off the well-trodden track. Perfect for younger groups or those that want the adventure to continue, but aren’t ready for anything too challenging; the semi-deep caving experience crawls and clambers into areas visitors wouldn’t normally venture. Gear up with helmets and lamps and get a little dirty; starting on the public tour then going off route with our experienced and knowledgeable guides to discover areas last seen by the children and adults of our mining past.

A perfect experience for all ages, activity trips, birthdays, memorable occasions, or just for those with a curious nature. Allow 2 hours.

Small groups are led by experienced and knowledgeable guides. The 2hrs includes time for kitting up etc.

Adults: £20.00           Children: £15.00

All groups of young persons (over 7 years and under 18 years) must include a responsible adult.

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Under the forest, is a labyrinth of 250 acres of passageways and caverns to explore and countless more acres still to be discovered. Walk, crawl and descend 200ft (18om) underground through natural and mined features. Get geared up and our experienced guide will take you on adventures for a variety of skills, thrills and occasions.

We supply helmets, lamps, overalls, wellies and any safety equipment required and of course your mine leader, who after discussion with your group will choose a route to suit their ability and interests. Allow 3 hours.

Small groups are led by experienced and knowledgeable guides. The 3hrs includes time for kitting up etc.

Adults: £30.00        Children: £25.00

All groups of young persons (over 7 years and under 18 years) must include a responsible adult.



From the very first days the Caves opened to the public in 1968, we have taken groups underground. Educational groups in particular are a speciality, we provide exciting guided trips and caving activities for many schools, primary and secondary, as well as for colleges and universities. The elements of education and fun are balanced to suit the group’s interests or projects. Subjects can range from: how the miners worked; cave formation; local geology; limestone; iron; Victorians; child labour in mines; to simple elements such as underground, light and dark, rocks etc, or a physical adventure activity.

Please telephone to book so that we can apply special discounts and make sure we organise guides suitable for your groups.

There are four main types of visit available to groups:


The group lead themselves through the show caverns.

Allow 40mins-1hr*


Groups are led through the show caverns by experienced mine guides.

Allow 1-1.5hrs*


A part guided tour of the show mine and simple caving activity. The group wear helmets, lamps and overalls, will be crawling in places and also get a little dirty.

Allow 2hrs*


The group are kitted out with helmets, lamps, overalls and wellies and go on a caving activity, involving crawling and scrambling down to 200ft underground, through cave and mine workings.

Allow 3hrs*

* Times shown are just for the underground part of the visit, extra time should be allowed for arrival, use of loos, shop, café etc. Times can be varied if you let the guide know when you arrive.


What ability is required?

The trips are suitable for absolute beginners, right through to experienced cavers. There are no requirements, as long as you are reasonably able bodied and willing to do some simple crawling and scrambling in places. The trips are adapted to suit the least able person in the group.

Can a child go on their own?

Children under 18 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult on the trip.

What clothing do I need to wear?

Loose warm clothing that you do not mind getting dirty is the best. We supply overalls but you will still get a little grubby. Do not overdress as you will get warm as you keep moving during the trip.

Will I get wet during the trip?

No. It is a dry cave system with occasional drips and puddles in places, but you remain dry and warm throughout the trip.

What age is it suitable for?

We normally do caving activities from 7 years upwards, as long as you are generally able bodied, there is no upper age limit. If you have concerns please telephone to book and we can advise you.

Can I change my booking after I have made it?

We will do our best to help you change your booking up to 3 days before you are due to come, to another scheduled time slot, availability permitting.

I have health problems can I still do the caving trip?

If you have health problems we would recommend consulting your doctor before undertaking any caving activities. We will try to adapt caving activities to suit any ability; if you have concerns, book by telephone and let us know what the problem is and we can advise you. The guide however must still have the ultimate say on who they are willing to take on a trip.

What equipment do you provide?

We supply helmets, lamps, overalls, wellies and any safety equipment required and of course your mine leader.

What footwear should I bring?

We recommend that if possible everyone arrives wearing walking boots or wellies. We do have some wellies available if you do not have anything appropriate.

Will I feel claustrophobic?

This obviously depends on the person; you need to crawl through passageways in places, the crawls however are fairly short and the caverns you visit are often very large. Many visitors can feel apprehensive, as caving is such an unfamiliar activity, but people often remark how once they have started they have really enjoyed the experience.

Can I telephone through my order for tickets or call in and book?

Yes you can. Your booking will be added into the same system, but you can call us or call in to do this should you wish to.

What are the full terms and conditions of our online booking?

We have all our terms and conditions shown here.

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